2017 Economic Development Update for the State of Maryland

Gaithersburg /Germantown, MD (February 10, 2017) –The 2017 Economic Development Update for the State of Maryland presented by Governor Larry Hogan, Dr. DeRionne Pollard and Marilyn Balcombe will occur on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 12:45-2:00 PM (presentation to begin promptly at 12:45) at Montgomery College –Germantown Campus, Globe Hall Auditorium, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876.

CREW Maryland Suburban is so pleased to have Governor Hogan, Montgomery College and the Chamber show support for women in commercial real estate through participation in our annual Economic Development update. Combined efforts such as this builds strength for our respective and collective causes, and ultimately makes Maryland, and our local communities, environments for success,” said Carlyn Kelley, President, CREW Maryland Suburban.

Coordinated by CREW Maryland Suburban, Governor Hogan will join CREW members, Chamber members and college students for a presentation on the state of Maryland’s economy. Attendees will also hear from Dr. Pollard, the President of Montgomery College and Marilyn Balcombe, President of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

It is great to have business organizations working together to bring jobs to Maryland. Having Dr. Pollard and Governor Hogan together with CREW and the Chamber shows the synergy between education, government and jobs,” said Balcombe.

The event will be held at Montgomery College Germantown Campus & will afford Montgomery College students the opportunity to hear from the Governor.

Through connecting companies with our students, we are multiplying the power of partnerships,” said Pollard. “The College is thrilled to host Governor Hogan and our friends from CREW at the Germantown Campus, also home to Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology, or PIC MC, our integrated academic, business and research campus.”




-CREW registration will include meet & greet lunch – $45 per person.

-Non-members/Chamber Members/Public – $50/per person (the presentation only)

-College Students (limited to 100 seats) – $15/per person

Register by Tuesday, February 21st

***All Members of the Media are encouraged to attend.****


Event Flyer

Crew New Year Celebration!

Start your new year off with CREW. Join us for cocktails and networking at City Perch to help us welcome the 2017 Board.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:00pm to 9:00pm


City Perch

11825 Grand Park Avenue

North Bethesda, MD 20852


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$45.00 for CREW Members and $65 for Non CREW Members (CREW Members will receive 2 drink tickets plus an entry into a special drawing and Non-members will receive 1 drink ticket).

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Register by Thursday, January 19th

More information at link below

New Years celebration

2017 CREW National Capital Committee Presents: CRE Market & Economic Forecast

Heidi Learner, Chief Economist at Savills Studley will speak about recent economic trends in the Mid-Atlantic region, focusing on employment and demographic changes, and will discuss potential implications on the demand for office space under the new President elect. Plus, we’ll have presentations and a panel discussion on the hottest market areas in Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Speakers include: Moderator: Scott Homa, JLL; Northern Virginia Broker: Cathy Delcoco, CBRE; Suburban Maryland Broker: Betsy Daily, NAI Michael; and Washington, DC Broker: Wendy Feldman Block, Savillis Studley.

More information can be found at the link below

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Joint Event with APT and CREW Maryland Suburban- Historic Preservation

Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that the November 8th Joint Event with APT and CREW Maryland Suburban has been postponed at this time.  We will be sure to let you know when we are able to find an appropriate time to reschedule this important event regarding historic preservation.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this might have caused you and we hope to see you at the later date.  Thank you and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

5:30pm to 8:30pm

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November’s Event – Historic Preservation

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

7719 Wisconsin Avenue.

Bethesda, Maryland 20814


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$45 per CREW members

$45 per Non-profits & Gov’t Officials

$65 per Non-member

Registration will close on November 1st


CREW Maryland Suburban joins with the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) DC Chapter for an evening of networking and conversation about historic preservation.


The event will include a presentation by Claire Lise Kelly, the Architectural History Specialist at the Montgomery County Planning Department, M-NCPPC, who will be discussing her recent book Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979.


Rick Brown, owner and developer of the Supper Club, will provide the evening’s introduction. Nakita Reed and Ward Bucher of Encore Sustainable Design, LLC will close out the evening with breakout discussions of the building’s renovation and key themes in historic preservation.


Refreshments will include heavy appetizers and a cash bar.

The Art of Deal Making presented by Federal Realty Investment Trust

Please join us for lunch at City Perch (located at Pike and Rose) and hear our esteemed panel, Debbie Colson and Wendy Seher, teach us all about the art of deal making.


 Debbie Colson Debbie Colson

Senior Vice President –

Legal Operations

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Debbie Colson is Senior Vice President – Legal Operations for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this position, Ms. Colson oversees Federal Realty’s legal leasing function, which includes “Main Street” properties, new development projects and shopping center properties, as well as property management and litigation matters.


 Wendy Seher Wendy Seher

Senior Vice President – Leasing

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Ms. Wendy Seher is Senior Vice President – Leasing for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Ms. Seher oversees the day to day leasing activities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions as well as leasing anchor space throughout the portfolio.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

11:30am to 1:30pm


City Perch Kitchen + Bar

11830 Grand Park Avenue

North Bethesda, Maryland


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$55 per CREW members

$55 per Non-profits & Gov’t Officials

$65 per Non-member


Registration will close on

September 5th  


Call For Board Nominations

Deadline September 15, 2016

The CREW Maryland Suburban Nominating Committee must set forth a slate of proposed Officers and Directors to comprise the 2017 CREW Maryland Suburban Board of Directors and we would appreciate your help!

Set forth below are position descriptions for the various Board positions. Please express your interest in being considered for board service by contacting Rebecca Walker at by the deadline above. Directors whose terms are expiring may freely submit their candidacy for re-election.

Officer- President-Elect One-yr term / Three yr commitment
Officer- Secretary One-year term
Officer- Director- Treasurer One-year term
Director- Membership Chair* One-year term
Director- Communications Co-Chairs* One-year term
Director- Sponsorship Chair* One-year term
Director- Programs Co-Chairs* One-year term
Director- Community Service Chair* One-year term

*These positions are responsible for chairing a committee which assists with planning of Chapter Events and providing Chapter support for the year. Most committees meet as needed, with at least 1-2 meetings held per year either in person, or by phone, at the discretion of the Committee Chair.

Please submit your nominations by September 15, 2016 to:
Rebecca Walker via e-mail to


The Purpose of the Organization

The purpose of the Association shall be to further the professional development of women in all phases of commercial real estate; to promote avenues of communication among professional women inter and intra-industry; and to encourage the recognition and advancement of professional women in the field of real estate. (Bylaws, Sec. 1.02)


(i) Meeting monthly for approximately 1-1.5 hours at lunch time for a Board meeting.
(ii) Board members are also requested to attend:
• Monthly events/meetings;
• New Member/Sponsor receptions;
• Special Events & Fundraisers
• Periodic Committee Meetings
President-Elect: The President-Elect shall generally assist the President and perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The President-Elect is mostly a learning role and that person serves as a Delegate to CREW National and has the opportunity to attend up to two leadership summits per year at various locations around the country as well as the National Convention (scheduled in Fall of 2017 in Houston, TX), with financial support from the local Chapter.

Secretary: Generally, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep a record of all votes, resolutions, and the proceedings of all meetings of the members of the Association and of the Board of Directors.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the Association; shall keep full and accurate accounts of all monies received and expended for the use of the Association in books belonging to the Association. The Treasurer shall deposit all funds and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Association in such bank or banks as may be designated from time to time by the Board of Directors, and make a report of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Association, when called upon by the President.


Membership Chair (or Co-Chair): The membership chair is responsible for overseeing the Membership Committee and promoting membership throughout the year. This includes reaching out to prospective members who attend CREW Events, and networking with both new and existing members to increase the value received through membership. The Membership Chair will also coordinate with CREW Network on the processing of membership applications.

Communications Chair (or Co-Chair): The communications chair is responsible for overseeing the Communications Committee whose goal is to update the CREW website and social media (linkedin, facebook, etc.) with timely and comprehensive information relevant to the Chapter and CREW Network and its events/initiatives. The goal of this position and committee, in consultation with the Board of Directors, is to create and maintain a favorable image of the Chapter working for the professional development of its members by: (a) keeping membership informed of chapter projects, activities and upcoming meetings, and (b) disseminating relevant professional information viewed as beneficial to the members.

Sponsorship Chair (or Co-Chair): The Sponsorship Chair is responsible for overseeing the Sponsorship Committee and identifying, soliciting and obtaining sponsors for the Chapter and for individual events, as appropriate. The Chair will work closely with the Board of Directors to compile a prospect list consisting of past and potential new sponsors and will, through the committee and Board of Directors, reach out to sponsors to facilitate their support of the Chapter in accordance with the CREW mission.

Programs Chair (or Co-Chair): The Programs Chair is responsible for overseeing the Programs Committee and planning the events (not less than monthly) for the Maryland Suburban Chapter’s year. This includes selecting inviting speakers, coordination of locations, catering for events, and coordinating with presenters on the content of their presentations. The Programs Chair also coordinates with the Board of Directors and the other area local CREW Network Chapters on programming and joint opportunities where applicable.

Community Service Chair: The community Service Chair is responsible for overseeing the Community Service Committee who is tasked with the oversight and execution of community service initiatives for the CREW Maryland Suburban Chapter. This position is responsible for working in conjunction with the Board of Directors to identify local and national charitable initiatives that pair well with the CREW mission and supporting those charities through monetary donations, service and volunteerism.

Happy Hour and Tour of Flying Dog Brewery

flying dog

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

3:30pm to 6:30pm

Flying Dog Brewery

4607 Wedgewood  Boulevard

Frederick, MD 21701

Part One of a Two Part Series

Join CREW Maryland Suburban for a tour and networking at Flying Dog Brewery. Since the popular beer company moved from Denver, CO to their current state-of-the art facility in Frederick, MD, 75% of the brewery has been renovated, converted, and to some extent, retrofitted as they have expanded.

We’ll get an inside look at the facility as it exists today while learning a little about the beer making process and future expansion plans, and we’ll return in 2017/18 to see how it has all come along!

*Private tours will only be offered to CREW Members. If going on the tour, please wear close toed shoes.

Photo ID’s will be required at this event.


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$35 per CREW members

$45 per Non-profits & Gov’t Officials

$55 per Non-member


Registration will close on

August 9 th  


Catering to be provided by Road House Pub


Success Suits You – Tips from Fashion Blogger Sarah Phillips

Join CREW National Capital Committee (CNCC) and Sarah Phillips from popular fashion + lifestyle blog 52 Thursdays as we explore style, confidence, and incorporating new trends in the business world.

Over hors d’oeuvre and drinks Sarah will share looks from a collection of local shops and give you her tips for dressing for success.

fashion blogger june 2016

Thursday, June 9th


Merritt Gallery

Chevy Chase Center

5445 Wisconsin Ave

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Easy parking in the public lot behind the building, enter next to Clyde’s or side street by Sak’s

Catering Provided by Windows Catering

Metro: Friendship Heights – Red Line


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$55 per CREW members, Non-profits & Gov’t Officials

$75 per Non-member

Register by June 6th

*Please note that effective April 2016, non-CREW members are limited to the attendance of three CREW Maryland Suburban events per year


Momentum 2016: Commercial Real Estate Outlook

For a forecast of the 2016 Commercial Real Estate market, see the link below to a white paper from Cohn/Reznick.

Momentum 2016: Commercial Real Estate Outlook

Lisa Sincere named Partner at Selzer Gurvitch

Lisa Sincere

Selzer Gurvitch is pleased to announce that real estate attorney Lisa Sincere has been named a partner at the firm. Lisa’s practice is divided between commercial real estate transactions (buying, selling, financing and developing), leasing deals for medical, office, warehouse and retail space, and related business and tax planning matters related to forming new corporate entities and structuring existing ones for succession planning. Her client list is as diverse as it is distinguished, consisting of banks, private & non-institutional lenders, custom & commercial home builders and prominent individuals, many of whom are among the area’s leading entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Having spent six years in the banking industry, Lisa considers lender representation to be her “sweet spot.” She understands the nuances and subtleties that make each deal unique and combines those insights with an attention to detail and a problem-solving perspective. The result is a track record of success that makes her – and her clients – proud.

After earning her J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, Lisa received her Master of Laws in Taxation, LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Admitted to practice in Maryland and Virginia, she is a member of the Real Property, Taxation and Trusts & Estates sections of the Virginia Bar Association and a board member of the Maryland Suburban chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women).


For more about Lisa Sincere, visit